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4 Dynasty Fantasy Football Players to Buy (2024)

4 Dynasty Fantasy Football Players to Buy (2024)

The 2023 fantasy football season has ended, but now is no time to rest if you’re a fantasy manager who plays in dynasty leagues. Player values can swing wildly over the next few months between free agency and the NFL Draft, so hitting the trade market in your leagues early in the offseason can often be fruitful if you have specific players you’re targeting. Let’s dive into the players I’m currently looking to buy in dynasty leagues with the fantasy offseason upon us.

4 Dynasty Fantasy Football Players to Buy

Tyjae Spears (RB – TEN)

Tyjae Spears had 49 receptions as a rookie, which was good enough to be 11th among all running backs in the NFL. We know the floor a player has when he’s a capable pass catcher at the running back position, but Spears could also find himself atop the depth chart in Tennessee if Derrick Henry is playing elsewhere in 2024. He’s positioned for a full-blown breakout in 2024, and his value will almost assuredly rise over the next few months when free agency gets underway.

If you can trade a 2024 second-round rookie pick for Spears plus another smaller accompanying piece, I’d pull the trigger in a heartbeat. I’d be comfortable sending as much as a late first-rounder on a running back needy contending roster. We could be talking about Spears in 2024 like we have been talking about Rachaad White this season.

Roschon Johnson (RB – CHI)

The division of work across Chicago Bears running backs was mildly frustrating in 2023, but I’m looking to add Roschon Johnson to my dynasty rosters now while the value is likely still middling. While Johnson saw fewer carries than Khalil Herbert (76 attempts compared to Herbert’s 120), he did see 40 targets in the passing game, which was most among Bears’ running backs.

The Bears hold the first overall pick in the NFL Draft and could look to move on from current signal caller Justin Fields. If they do so, the Bears could lean on a more traditional rushing attack that doesn’t hinge on their quarterback seeing 100+ rushing attempts per season. Combine that with the fact that D’Onta Foreman likely won’t be back with the team, and it’s easy to see the path toward Johnson’s role significantly expanding in 2024.

I’d send offers focused on packaging multiple later picks for Johnson. If you have a stockpile of 2024 third-rounders, see if an offer of two 2024 third-rounders gets it done or a single third-rounder plus a player from a position of depth on your roster.

Rashee Rice (WR – KC)

Rashee Rice has quietly had a very impressive rookie season for the Kansas City Chiefs. While much has been made about the lack of receiving weapons for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, Rice has over 900 receiving yards going into week 18 with a chance to eclipse 1,000 yards on the season as a rookie. Even when the Chiefs inevitably add another pass-catching weapon in the offseason, I expect Rice to be a focal point of the Chiefs’ offense moving forward. He’s been more productive than every other rookie wide receiver in 2023 aside from Puka Nacua but is consistently valued less than some of his peers.

He is often valued as a lower-end WR2 but has the ceiling for much more. He’s a player who should see his value grow throughout the offseason when others catch up to just how productive he was.

While it’d be ideal to acquire him for less, I’d still be on board with trading for him if the cost was a late 2024 first-round pick.

Baker Mayfield (QB – TB)

No one wants to discuss it, but Baker Mayfield has quietly had a career year in Tampa Bay. He’s already set career highs in passing yards and touchdowns with a game to go for the Buccaneers. It’d be a shock if the Buccaneers did not come to terms with Mayfield on a short-term extension to keep him with the team for the next few seasons while they figure out their quarterback of future plans.

The encouraging thing about that is how we saw this year play out. He’d still have Rachaad White and Chris Godwin, and the safe money would be on the team finding a way to retain longtime wide receiver Mike Evans.

Mayfield gets treated like an afterthought in a lot of leagues. Still, in superflex formats, he should once again be treated like a high-end QB2 next season if he sticks in Tampa Bay, and it’s worth kicking the tires on buying cheap if the current manager who rosters him is looking more toward rebuilding.

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